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Sherman's March in Blue and Grey, March-April, 1865

This exhibit traces General William Sherman of the Union Army and over 60,000 of his men as they marched through North Carolina at the end of the Civil War. Throughout the march, Sherman saw his army’s actions as tactics of war to suppress the rebellion and nothing more. However, the citizens of North Carolina took the actions of Sherman’s men more personally; this led to increased resistance and renewed devotion to the Confederate cause among the citizens. The resistance seen in Confederate accounts differs from previous historiography on the subject, as many historians have commonly reported that Sherman’s March destroyed the will of the Confederacy. The exhibit examines stories from three cities – Fayetteville, Goldsboro, and Raleigh. The sources came from Union soldiers, pro-Union newspapers within the state, and Confederate citizens and newspapers in North Carolina. 


Timothy Justice